We love all people – the whole family and all generations.
Where it all began…
In 1990, Clive Buck together with his wife Laurene and their children sensed the call of God to step out in faith as a family to lead a new church plant at Maryborough under the auspices of the local Bendigo Assembly of God Church.
Families start arriving
Within months local families from around the Maryborough area began to join Clive and Laurene.
Around the same time Matt & Sam Dehaan moved to Maryborough with their two kids and began serving in the church.
Maryborough AOG is renamed as Genesis Church
In 2011 Maryborough Assemblies of God changed its name to Genesis Church.
Celebrating a great legacy and beginning a new era
After 26 years of faithful service, Clive Buck passed the baton to Melbourne-based Pastor James ‘Jim’ McMillan.
When Jim was called he was serving with Open Doors Australia. Jim has had over 30 years’ experience in Christian ministry and mission serving in a variety of roles including senior pastoral leadership, mission, mentoring and governance roles.
Genesis Church Launches Ballarat Campus
In 2018 Genesis Church begun its Ballarat campus at the Senior Citizens Hall in North Ballarat. The Maryborough team travel to Ballarat to serve the community.
Genesis Church Launches Online
In 2019 Genesis Church launched its new online presence with online services including, video meetings, giving and prayer.
In 2020, with the onset of the global Covid outbreak the church was more-than-ready to launch its “online” church services and zoom events helping people stay engaged, encouraged and safe during the tough periods. This took some time for people to become familiar with the technology – but many in the congregation rose to the occasion.
Pastor Jim McMillan said, “Our natural deep longing is to meet and worship face to face. But we understand the days in which we live.” further saying, “Like the persecuted church our relationship with Jesus survives any oppression. We are just so blessed that we can use technology to stay connected to one-another!”
A brand new day. An exciting vision and timeless mission.
In the first quarter of 2021 Genesis Church will be launching its new long term vision and mission.
We’re sure you love it! You will get excited for the future of our city, community and church. Watch out for it across February and March.